It’s July in Memphis and the Mid-South an naturally, it’s HOT. Outdoor jogging or exercising is difficult at best, dangerous at worst. We have a few cool ideas on effective exercises you can do right in your living room!

It’s not the heat. It’s the humidity. And you know, it’s probably also the heat.

Yeah, it’s the heat.

My morning jog has been happening earlier and earlier during the past month or so. And plenty of mornings, the temperature is already in the 80’s as early as 6am. That’s uncomfortable for many of us – and it’s downright inadvisable for some to perform strenuous exercise outdoors in the kind of summertime heat and humidity we typically encounter here.

So find a gym, right?

Memberships can be expensive. And money’s tight. But I have a solution!

The Living Room Workout.

That’s right. If you commit to it, you can perform plenty of effective aerobic and anaerobic exercises in the cool comfort of your home – no equipment or weights necessary! Check it out.

Perform this workout as a circuit, completing the prescribed number of repetitions of each exercise without resting. Once you’ve done one set of each exercise, rest for 2 minutes, then repeat the entire circuit one to two more times.

Body-Weight Squat. 1 set, 15 reps

Stand as tall as you can with your feet spread shoulder-width apart.

Lower your body as far as you can by pushing your hips back and bending your knees. Pause, then slowly push yourself back to the starting position.

Incline Pushup

Get down on all fours and place your hands on a box, bench, or step instead of the floor. This reduces the amount of your body weight you have to lift, making the exercise easier.

Lower your body until your chest nearly touches the bench. Pause at the bottom, and then push yourself back to the starting position as quickly as possible. If your hips sag at any point during the exercise, your form has broken down. When this happens, consider that your last repetition and end the set.

Hip Raises. 1 set, 10 reps

Lie faceup on the floor with your knees bent and your feet flat on the floor.

Raise your hips so your body forms a straight line from your shoulders to your knees. Pause for up to 5 seconds in the up position, then lower your body back to the starting position.

Side Plank. 1 set, 8 reps

Lie on your left side with your knees straight. Prop your upper body up on your left elbow and forearm. Brace your core by contracting your abs forcefully as if you were about to be punched in the gut.

Raise your hips until your body forms a straight line from your ankles to your shoulders. Breathe deeply for the duration of the exercise. Hold this position for 30 seconds (or as directed). That’s one set. Turn around so that you’re lying on your right side and repeat.

Develop a hot bod in the cool comfort of home with this living room workout. Want to know more? Call Mediplan Diet Services today or click the Schedule an Appointment button above and let’s discuss a customized plan to create an effective and safe summertime workout.